Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    That is not one collision. That is picking ten collisions over one. Which would be summed, so it picks the car. Or ideally, a verge. Actually, almost always a verge. Remember, rule one is "don't crash"....
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    It's not difficult to design a laser range finder that can pick out its own signal from any level of such noise. Just.. modulate the laser. Lasers that encode signals are so standard it probably isn't even a meaningful price...
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    Giving more power to the US courts is a terrible idea given the extent they have been infiltrated by the Federalist Society. Also just in general. Rule by judges is not a good idea. The more general problem is that...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Teslas self-driving problem is that they are restricted by managment fiat to try and solve the problem using only cameras. That is probably possible, since, well, humans basically rely on vision for this problem, so that is an existence proof...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The way an algorithm for this sort of thing will be written will inevitably be an ordering something like this : A: Don't crash. B: If crashing cannot physically be avoided, pick the crash that involves the lowest speed collision....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    The embodied carbon of an EPR, which is the heaviest reactor in existence, is equivalent to the carbon emissions of running an EPR sized coal plant for 3.5 days. This does Not Matter. Nor will it tip anything anywhere. I...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    It.. doesn't have to be. Moving big blocks into place with machine assistance is quite fast. So if we put a lot of effort into developing high-productivity quarrying tech, well, in terms of strength Granite is strictly superior to concrete...
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Nuclear actually needs shockingly little concrete per MWH produced. Reactors are big piles of it, yes, but they are on all the time, they produce a lot of power and last a really long time....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    You know what, if you want to reengineer things so people don't have to buy cars with enormous batteries for that occasional long distance trip... you don't need super fast charging or other new innovations. Just stick pantographs on them....
  • Commented on Decision Fatigue
    Its a terrible idea very popular with people who want to offload the investment costs of grid storage onto the general public. If your car has so much power storage that it being randomly at half power in the morning...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    the people actually building the worlds cargo ships, by which I mean the the South Koreans, don't think wind is coming back. I have come across slight variations of the following news several times now: "Firm looking for investors in...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    You don't even really need a huge navy to fight piracy. Just a willingness to land a marine force and tell the pirates to knock it of - The current piracy problem exists because the powers of the world don't...
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    One reason everyone is taught python these days is to make the students acquire the habit of using indents to mark functions visually. - Which works, I still do this entirely regardless of if the language notices this or the...
  • Commented on Strong and Stable!
    As a matter of Programmer UI tabs are better for nesting functions than curly brackets because it makes it way harder to forget to close one. Or close the wrong one. It is, of course, not the best design for...
  • Commented on I can't even
    That sort of thing is... kind of a rounding error, once you internalize the need to electrify heavy industry and start calculating how much power we are going to need to reduce ores......
  • Commented on I can't even
    Raging about tiered pricing is emotionally appealing, but all higher prices for big users would accomplish is to drive energy intensive industry to use gas or coal instead. The actual problem is that no utilities are bending enough steel or...
  • Commented on I can't even
    If you are relying on intermittent power and your grid gives a bent euro-cent which-o-clock people charge their cars you are having blackouts every time the weather fails to cooperate. This is one of those futures that just cant happen....
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    Right, I keep forgetting how absolutely terrible at their jobs US building suppliers are. You know how contractors insist they need great big pickups to haul supplies? That always sounded off to me until I checked timber yard delivery pricing....
  • Commented on I can't even
    This is learned helplessness. Seriously, stop for fifty seconds and put a bit of thought into how you would actually solve this. Even in the event I owned a car and didn't have a road side assistance subscription, which would...
  • Commented on I can't even
    I just looked up the total UK wood production per year. 11.2 million tonnes. Of which 0.3 million tonnes end up as wood pellets, the remaining 10.9 million tonnes finding better uses. Yhea, Drax was never, ever going to be...
  • Commented on I can't even
    Scale error. You can heat your summer cottage responsibly by buying compressed sawdust from a sawmill which can't avoid producing that as part of it's operation, as long as only a reasonable number of people do this. You simply cannot...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    .. If you want a technological community keeping on through a period of barbarism.. I give you: The Mole Sun Cult. Deep into the equatorial death-zone, a city on a cliff edge coast has dug deep into the rock. During...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    .. Hence why step one is "Hydro"? - The main point of an eventual nuclear push would be to expand high civilization outside geographic locations with abundant hydro power potential, not to start building reactors in a horse powered society....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Sweden already did it from "General principles known, and Lise Meitner on hand" once. Ended up importing Westinghouse tech later, but they already had heavy water reactors from an entirely domestic effort before they did that....
  • Commented on London Bridge
    So to save the timber for building a proper wheel they should instead burn a small forest every year? You keep on reasoning as if the primitive method involves no ressource useage, which is horribly wrong...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Hydro for mechanical power dates back considerably before Christ. Generators can be kit-bashed by a village smith that knows how, from scratch. That means anyone with a decent waterhead anywhere near and a half-way organized society is going to have...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    Hydro-electric can be kickstarted with muscle power - Everyplace used to have little dams to run mills, and and places with insanely abundant hydro potential are not exactly rare. (Norways geology isn't going anywhere. Neither is most of Norways dams...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    You don't need combustion to do an industrial revolution 2.0 at all. Electric Dams, then eventually fission will do fine. Norway and New Zealands geology isn't going anywhere, and a hotter earth will make them even wetter, which will trivially...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    The same factors that make heatpumps bothersome make district heating very economic. Rows of multi story dwellings is kind of the platonic ideal of the buisness-case for it. Very few meters of supply pipe to lay per resident customer. So...
  • Commented on London Bridge
    That was.. Good text-book level clarity. Thanks. Re: LEDs: I am just using a set of bulbs very clearly designed for someone doing indoor horticulture to avert getting SAD from working off-shift hours. Works great, but were good deal more...
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